New Zealand to Open Inquiry Into What Officers Knew About Gunman Earlier than Bloodbath

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Monday ordered an inquiry into what authorities officers knew in regards to the gunman in Friday’s bloodbath earlier than he carried out the assault that left 50 individuals lifeless at two mosques in Christchurch.

“The aim of this inquiry is to take a look at what all related companies knew or may or ought to have identified in regards to the particular person and his actions, together with his entry to weapons and whether or not they may have been able to stop the assault,” she advised reporters at a day information convention in Wellington, the capital.

She additionally pledged to make modifications to the nation’s gun legal guidelines, saying that “inside 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we can have introduced reforms that I consider can have made our neighborhood safer.”

She mentioned her cupboard had agreed “in precept” to a plan to overtake gun legal guidelines, however that a number of extra days had been wanted to work out the main points. Evaluating New Zealand’s course of to that of Australia — which enacted strict gun legal guidelines 12 days after a mass capturing in 1996 — she mentioned, “We’ve taken 72 hours. There are nonetheless some particulars that must be labored by way of. I wish to try this however nonetheless work as onerous as we will.”

Her push for restrictions — over the objection of gun fans — landed just some hours after new particulars emerged in regards to the arsenal of the accused shooter, Brenton Tarrant, 28, exhibiting that he obtained a fundamental firearms license in November of 2017 and purchased 4 of his weapons on-line between then and March of 2018.

The authorities in Australia additionally raided the house of Mr. Tarrant’s’s sister in a seaside city north of Sydney on Monday, and people in New Zealand continued looking out his house within the city of Dunedin, about 220 miles south of Christchurch.

Wally Haumaha, the deputy New Zealand police commissioner, mentioned identification specialists labored by way of the night time to establish the individuals who had been killed, as households started mourning lifeless and wounded family.

Islamic leaders and victims’ households gathered in small teams and bigger conferences to debate whether or not to conduct a burial for all 50 victims without delay, presumably on Wednesday.

Mr. Haumaha mentioned the police hoped that the Muslim neighborhood will have the ability to return to the mosques for prayer by the top of the week.

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